Conduct Policy

The Ohio LinuxFest Corporation and is dedicated to making Open Source open to everyone and the conference a safe place for all. We do not discriminate based on ethnic background, religion, gender, sexuality, body shape, disability, or even what operating system you use. We do not tolerate harassment based on discrimination.

We insist that all participants and attendees adhere to a civil demeanor at all times. This includes refraining from inappropriate language, comments and behavior. This includes, but is not limited to: sexually oriented language and images, unwanted attention, threatening behavior, physical assault, theft.

We refuse to work with businesses who openly tolerate discrimination or harassment of others, or display inappropriate images or language. Sponsors in our Expo are also held to this standard.

In compliance with various Ohio law pertaining to hotels, establishments with alcohol permits, and educational spaces with minors, weapons will be prohibited. Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person’s control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance onto these premises.

COVID-19 Specific Policy

All attendees must adhere to the 2021 COVID-19 Safety Plan and Attendance Policy which does require full vaccination against COVID-19 and mask wearing. Do not attend if you are ill. Disrespect and belligerent behavior concerning the 2021 COVID-19 Safety Plan and Attendance Policy will not be tolerated.

Due to pandemic conditions, one’s comfort level with personal space may vary. Some of us are ready for handshakes and hugs. Others are not quite there. We’ll have stickers at the registration desk to indicate that you are open to friendly contact. 


Participants, sponsors or attendees who are being harassed, intimidated, or are dealing with otherwise improper behavior are encouraged to report it immediately to an official Ohio LinuxFest staff member or volunteer. These are Warner Moore, Beth Lynn Eicher, Jared Szechy, Rafeeq Rehman, Michael Schultheiss, and Vance Kochenderfer are trained to contact the appropriate people to handle the situation quickly.

Alternate methods of reporting issues include:

  • email
  • call our number 614-943-3733.
  • pickup any house phone within the Hyatt Regency Columbus and ask for “security”
  • Call the local Columbus police department at 614-645-4545

Anyone who is found to be in violation of this policy may be handled in any one or more of these methods, depending on the offense:

  • warning
  • expulsion (see below)
  • contacting of the police
  • Actions stronger than a warning will be taken at the discretion of two or more of a) the Security Chair, b) The Conference Chair, c) A member of the Ohio LinuxFest Board of Directors.

False reports will be treated harshly. Personal disputes should be handled privately, unless actual harassment occurs.

The Ohio LinuxFest reserves the right to remove any participant, sponsor or attendee at any time for any reason.

This policy covers all organized events for the Ohio LinuxFest, including social events and events held on the Internet.